From 1983 to 1993 the Genealogical Company published seven volumes in a series entitled Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America, 1625-1825, by Dr. David Dobson. That series, which was based on a wide range of sources, was thought to have been completed by 1993, and thereafter the author’s emphasis was on specific colonies or regions of the Americas–for example Scots in Georgia and the Deep South, 1735-1845, or Scots in Jamaica, 1655-1855–or related topics such as Ships from Scotland to America, 1628-1828. However, since 1993 Dobson’s ongoing research in often obscure sources has unearthed a substantial number of references to Scottish immigrants in America, Canada, and the West Indies, for the period 1625-1825. The quantity and the quality of these sources–located in Scottish, English, American, Canadian and Dutch archives–has justified this volume of more than 1,000 references to early Scots in the Americas, many of which were previously unknown to researchers.
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